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US writer takes offence with Brazil’s ‘monuments of poverty’

US writer takes offence with Brazil’s ‘monuments of poverty’

November 24, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 24 — With its bold Oscar Niemeyer-designed monuments, the city of Brasilia symbolises Brazil's frenetic modernisation of recent decades. But efforts to expand an ultra-modernist design template to historic cities such as Recife, where locals are battling developers' plans to add 12 skyscrapers to the coastal city's skyline, are being met with growing fury. US author and literary critic Benjamin Moser added his voice yesterday to the protests, telling the Globo... Read more

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Studios turn to tie-in novels, comics to expand movie universe (VIDEO)

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Facebook’s ‘personalised paper’ spells trouble for ailing news media

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Scotland’s first pro-independence daily paper set to launch

Scotland’s first pro-independence daily paper set to launch GLASGOW, Nov 23 — A new pro-independence daily newspaper entitled The National is to be launched in Scotland tomorrow, the editor revealed. Richard Walker, who edits the Sunday Herald... Read more



Plagiarism, author claims against Cameron Diaz film

Plagiarism, author claims against Cameron Diaz film ROME, Nov 21 — An Italian writer has accused American film giant 20th Century Fox of plagiarising one of his novels in the 2014 film “The Other Woman”, starring Cameron Diaz, his lawyer said... Read more

Book Talk: India’s Bhagat faces up to critics

Book Talk: India’s Bhagat faces up to critics NEW DELHI, Nov 21 — India's biggest-selling author in English is often dismissed as persona non grata by literary critics, but that doesn't faze Chetan Bhagat. Ten years on as a... Read more

Kiss-and-tell memoirs of Hollande’s ex gets English release

Kiss-and-tell memoirs of Hollande’s ex gets English release LONDON, Nov 20 — “Merci pour ce moment”, the bestselling book by Francois Hollande’s ex-girlfriend Valerie Trierweiler  about her stormy relationship with the French president will be... Read more

National Book Awards: Klay and Osnos win top awards

National Book Awards: Klay and Osnos win top awards NEW YORK, Nov 20 — Phil Klay and Evan Osnos were given the top prizes at the 65th National Book Awards, among the most prestigious literary prizes in US publishing, at a gala dinner... Read more


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A man reads a newspaper under a tree during sunny autumn weather on a look-out on Mount Uetliberg in Zurich November 24, 2014.  — Reuters pic

A man reads a newspaper under a tree during sunny autumn weather on a look-out on Mount Uetliberg in Zurich November 24, 2014. — Reuters pic